I said it; Eric Garcetti is an idiot, and I’ll say it again.
I am not your union leader polite and tactful that is Julie Butcher or any one of the polished Union speakers we parade in council chambers.
I’m much more a teamsters loud blue collar steel worker type, ask Mike Hernandez he felt my wrath when I called him out on his B.S. two months ago when he claimed ” we won’t be able to make payroll in june if you don’t giveback”
Guess what My paycheck cleared!
I called him out on it and asked him if we needed to hold job actions to get our point across that we are not giving anything back, Fast Forward to today’s headlines having Eric Garcetti act like he hasn’t heard our NO GIVEBACK message yet calling us out and telling us we will give in to him and the council demand we give up All of our pay raises Completely, asking those with families to pay 50% of the cost of medical insurance, I guess they don’t understand the definition of benefit.
I guess the time is closing in on us to show what WE are made up of, are we going to roll over and give in to council demands and empty threats?
Is this power struggle something a short staffed city workforce needs to get shoved down their throat?
I think it is time that the City Council and the CAO along with the public get a taste of what laying off workers really means.
What would happen if most city workers stayed home or called in sick and didn’t show up for work?
Ask the council and they say not much, I beg to differ, this is Los Angeles home to the world champion Los Angeles Lakers and some 5 million other people, without us La doesn’t work, it would Fail.
We have civilian employees that handle vital mission critical duties in the city and those who don’t still provide quality of life service.
Without us Los Angeles would suffer, I think it is time we share “a day without a city worker” with our council people. In turn our friends at the LAPD and LAFD can call a tactical alert, and handle the work we do on a daily basis.
At the end of the day I bet we can get council to rethink the empty threats and take a second look at the budget presented to them and quit looking at us as a bank account they can make deductions from at their whim.
We work to hard and have already made our sacrifice, even when half of the council has yet to match our sacrifice.
Maybe I am just old school and think a coalition of unions as big as ours can actually look to it’s membership and say stay home and we can have an impact.
I’m looking forward to calling Eric Garcetti on his bluff and having a short work week very soon maybe this budget illness will spread!
But when you read this quote maybe it makes you as mad as it made me.
City Council President Eric Garcetti said “I think that the closer we get to the 11th hour, the more people will be willing to make concessions,” Garcetti said.